noun \ˈen-tə-tē, ˈe-nə-\

: something that exists by itself : something that is separate from other things

plural en·ti·ties

Full Definition of ENTITY

a :  being, existence; especially :  independent, separate, or self-contained existence
b :  the existence of a thing as contrasted with its attributes
:  something that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality
:  an organization (as a business or governmental unit) that has an identity separate from those of its members

Examples of ENTITY

  1. One division of the company was broken off as a separate entity.
  2. <the question of whether extrasensory perception will ever be a scientifically recognized entity>

Origin of ENTITY

Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin ent-, ens existing thing, from coined present participle of esse to be — more at is
First Known Use: 1596

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

Rhymes with ENTITY


noun \ˈen(t)-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural en·ti·ties

Medical Definition of ENTITY

: something (as a disease or condition) that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality <whether the common cold is an entity has been debated—Year Book of Medicine>


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